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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders PorterFounders Porter

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,213 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 6,213
Reviews: 1,428
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 319
Gots: 940 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2003

No absence of hops gives Founders' robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect.

45 IBU
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Ratings: 6,213 | Reviews: 1,428
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Blanco
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a dark black color, darker than most porters, with a moderate sized head. Smell is of dark malts. Has a sort of "imperial stout" smell to it, but without the big roasted coffee and chocolate notes that usually comes from imperials. Similarly, the taste is more imperial stout than it is porter, or even regular stouts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, more like a traditional porter on the mouthfeel side. Drinkability is high. This beer isn't exactly to style at least from what I've had, but it's absolutely delicious and is similar to many of the great stouts had, but smaller and easier to put down. This is my go to "imperial" light. Love it.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of stealth
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle to a tulip - real fresh bottle. One of the top porters out there, for sure. Chocolates, roasts, coffees dominate in aroma and taste. Very well balanced without any unwanted bitterness. Presents nicely, being nearly pitch black with a creamy off-white head. Can drink this one forever and not get sick of it.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours the same color, except with a caramel head. Smells more bitter and even more roasty. Holy lord the taste is robust. Very roasted and sensuous. Much more of a focus on the bitter and dark side than Great Lakes. Alot of bitter black coffee and even more malts that feel hop-like in their bitterness. In spite of that, it has milk stout creaminess and smoothness. The aftertaste is very much full of powdered espresso roast coffee and roasted oats. A chewiness lingers from the malt.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of zimm421
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Appears a dark brown to black with a decent tan head that leaves good lacing and constant bubbling around the edges of the glass. Not much lacing here.

The nose is smoky with dark chocolate, coffee and some earthiness. The combination is appealing, and draws you back in for more each time. The taste is very similar but has a nice bitterness to it. The flavors start pretty bitter but the sweet chocolate is noticeable as well. The coffee stands out pretty well but the hops come through as well. The smokiness hits in the end and sticks around through the aftertaste. There is a slight sting on the tongue after each sip.

The mouthfeel is pretty smooth, but not creamy. The body is medium, just about where it should be. The carbonation is fairly low. Overall, this is a great beer. Very interesting, fairly complex and definitely enjoyable. Not the best porter I've ever had, but it is very good.

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of yamar68
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As dark as a porter gets... near pitch black with a sliver of coffee clarity. Mocha brown head that fades fast (dirty glass). Still some good lacing though.

Milk chocolate, smooth generic coffee notes, very inviting, campfire aromas, balanced and approachable. Smells like the type of beer that might convert the BMC crowd.

Well executed, textbook porter flavors. Smokey coffee/chocolate, roasty dark malts, lovingly balanced, some nut notes, super smooth.

Can't complain. I walk by this beer more often than I should. Tasty stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 04/20/12.

A: Pours a deep black with a thick 1 finger khaki head. Leaves some lace as it dissipates over a few minutes. Can catch a little light around the edges.

S: Wow this hits you with a great coffee and chocolate. Has a dark fruit alcohol aroma as well. Good roasted malts. Actually a little hop at the end too.

T: Starts with a roasted coffee and chocolate and balances out with more hops than anticipated. A little bittering at the end but still leaves a great malt quality in the aftertaste.

M: Very nice and full bodied. Doesn't come off watery at all. On the low end in carbonation but that goes well.

Overall a porter that puts most others to shame. Has the best mouthfeel I have seen in a porter.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of sukwonee
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque black, half a finger head, decent amount of lacing

S: I don't think I get much smell out of this beer, but what I do get is roasted coffee. Maybe a bit of chocolate.

T: It's got that Founder's signature coffee flavor, followed by some chocolate, roasted malt. It tastes a lot better than it smells. A bit sweeter than most American porter.

M: It has such the right amount of carbonation, medium body. It's a bit sticky at the end and the taste lingers a little while.

O: Excellent porter from Founders. I enjoyed it a lot!

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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